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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator believe in "Paranoid: A Chant"?
(a) Aliens are coming.
(b) He is the reincarnation of Hitler.
(c) He is being haunted.
(d) There is a conspiracy against him.

2. What does Curt begin to focus upon when he enters his room?
(a) His finals.
(b) A gun.
(c) The bible.
(d) His pending date.

3. What reasoning does the narrator use for thinking about Maureen from time to time?
(a) He is older and doesn't sleep well.
(b) She was a very attractive woman.
(c) He feels guilt for what happened to her.
(d) He doesn't offer a reason.

4. Who is Maureen?
(a) The woman both Mike Scollay and the Greek are pursuing.
(b) Mike Scollay's sister.
(c) The Greek's wife.
(d) Mike Scollay's wife.

5. What does Mrs. Carmody suggest to rectify the situation with the fog?
(a) Intense prayer.
(b) Self sacrifice.
(c) A seance.
(d) Human sacrifice.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to Mark's son in "The Jaunt"?

2. What do two of the soldiers in "The Mist" do at the beginning of the story?

3. What does Randy do after 24 hours alone?

4. To what location do David, Billy, and the neighbor travel after the fog rolls in?

5. What does Curt begin to discuss with the poster in his room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Henry finally shares his story with a few close friends years later about Reg and the Fornits. Why do you think it took him so long to share this information?

2. Quentin seems terrified of Uncle Otto's truck himself, especially after seeing first hand what happened to Uncle Otto. What does Quentin fear the most?

3. In what format is "Paranoid: A Chant" written, and what significance does it lend to the story?

4. Compare/contrast the two rooms in the PAT. Why do you think they are so drastically different?

5. What do you think is the importance of Curt's tale of Cain and Abel?

6. In "Nona," an innocent and once-upstanding man falls prey to the wiles of a sadistic, evil woman. Giving in to his "darker" side, he performs obscene, despicable acts at the whim of Nona. What do you think King is trying to say with this short story?

7. In "Word Processor of the Gods," what do you think about Richard's choice of his brother's family over his own? Is a choice made of faithfulness or greed?

8. "The Wedding Gig" is rife with metaphors, figures of speech in which an implied comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common. For example, "Love is a rose" is a metaphor. Identify a metaphor from "The Wedding Gig" and identify the two things being compared.

9. In "The Monkey," what does the stuffed creature represent to Hal? What fears does it reawaken within him?

10. What is the implied source of the infestation in "The Mist"? How does he make this implication? What do you think King is trying to say with this implication?

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